Photos of Christmas 2007

Moo & TB in their new PJs
Enjoying Christmas Eve dinner together
Moo in the Heidi hat
Shanahan/Stevens Christmas dinner
Aunty Jacq, TB and Lisa
TB enjoying the celebrations
Cade in Christmas hat
Moo & TB dressed and ready for Christmas Day
Mooey with her new couch and toothbrush
Moo figuring out the unwrapping of presents
Christmas night @ Whitbourns. All 6 siblings and families together for possibly the first Christmas meal with everyone in attendance. (note the absence of the youngest member of the family due to being overtired from a big day – the caterpillar that we are holding is standing in for TB)

Bad habits

So, this afternoon Maisie decided that her new favorite saying is “no way”.
We are not sure where she picked it up from – could have been the 10 older cousins that she was hanging around with over the Christmas break, or it could be from her parents telling her no way to things she isn’t allowed to do… i suspect the latter is true.

At the moment, she is pretty much picking up a new word everyday, so who knows what tomorrow will hold?

so, thats what its like having four girls under three..

Yesterday, we had fun times with Bekka & Sarah over for a few hours.
Lets just say that four girls under the age of three is fun for a few hours, but long term could do damage to your hearing.
Bekka – Age 3 years & 1 month
Maisie – Age 1 year & 6 months
Sarah – Age 1 year & 2 months
Talia – Age 5 months

not without my happy

so, mooey went to bed tonite minus the one thing that has been very important in her life over the past 18 months – her “happy” (in other words her dummy – we called it “happy” as that was the brand that we bought).
she is only allowed to have it when she is in bed, so if during the day she goes and gets it out of her cot, we put her to bed or she has to give it up. it has been quite handy for her to let us know when she is tired!
tonite she was asking for “happy” after her bath, during her bible story and then all the way to her room. she sooked for about 15 minutes before i went into settle her and she asked for it again and i explained that she was a big girl and didnt need her happy to have a sleep. she then asked for daddy, so cade came in as well and we both said our goodnights all over again, and we havent heard from her since…
i am not sure if this is it for the pink happy – but its a positive step.
UPDATE: we didnt last long, we went one night and one day sleep without it, but that was it… oh well, we’ll try again another day!
mooey eating some noodles – 18 months old

sleeping thru

I think as parents of young children, some things can be easy to dwell on.
An example of this is when you are kept up thru the night by children who are sad, wet, hungry, teething or just feeling yucky – the next day all you can think about is how much sleep you didnt get the night before and when you will be able to make it up next.
BUT – when you have a night when you are not woken for any reason, you tend to forget about the fact that you got 8-10 hours sleep and its hardly ever even in your thought process until your next “bad night”.
I am so guilty of doing this.
TB has been sleeping really well for weeks now – I had been waking her when I was going to bed to give her a late night feed and putting her straight back down with total success, but I havent done this for the last few nights and she is going for gold. Last night we put the girls to bed at 7:15pm and TB woke at 7:15am and Moo woke at 7:30am.
I spent today thinking of the fact that I am so lucky to have babies that love to sleep. I now feel guilty about the complaining that I did about TB when she wasnt sleeping much – but I can blame that on my “0-4 month silly state” that I was in.
The fun thing for parents is – it doesnt change. The reasons for waking change – scary dreams, loud claps of thunder and the stress of school in later years, and then we somehow do a weird swap – and the parents are the ones that are waking all night – wondering why their children havent come home from their friends house or the party that was meant to finish a few hours ago.
A wise woman told me that the tiredness doesnt stop – you just learn to live with it and your body copes the best it can. Tomorrow I will either wake up refreshed after a great nights sleep, or not. Full steam ahead either way….

Come on ring those bells, light the Christmas tree…

which is what we did last night (although we didnt have any bells to ring..) Maisie and Cade did a great job of getting the tree up and ready…
We have had a crazy week of non stop activity – which involved Albury for Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Sydney for Tali & Lisa on Monday & Tuesday and trying to unpack with a meeting, nightly phone calls to banks regarding home loans and money matters, Bible Study, a visit to the health clinic for Moos 18 month old check up, Girls nite in, Playgroup, a Christmas Party and 2 birthday parties to attend in the next 4 days… To top all that off, Cade had to visit the endoscopy centre on Tuesday nite for a gastroscopy and today had a halter monitor attached for 24 hours worth of fun. Its non stop here in 2 x Waggas, but we are loving the country air and all that it provides for us.